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Masskara Festival:

Not yet published by Mei Mei P. Lonasco

Country: Philippines

The Experience

Masskara Festival is the annual celebration in the city of Bacolod in Negros Island in the Philippines. The city holds this festival every October for the past 30 years and is now no doubt one of the most attended festival in the country. And for a country that has a festival in almost all cities for as old as hundreds of years, Masskara Festival is one success story when it comes to promotion to tourists both local and international.

The word "masskara" means "mask" and this explains the festival's distinct characteristic - dancers wearing smiling masks adorned with beads and other ornaments. Philippine festivals would be nothing if it doesn't involve street dancing and partying and the festival's highlight is its street dancing that happens on a weekend closest to October 19 which is the city's foundation day.

The story behind this festival is quite sorrowful contrary to the smiling faces of the masks worn by people celebrating the festival.

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The city of Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental in the western part of the Visayan group of islands in the Philippines. Dubbed as "sugarlandia", Bacolod and the rest of Negros Island strive on sugar production with its vast sugarcane plantations.

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